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Couple to Pay Enslaved Nanny

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Texas couple, Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu, pleaded guilty of forcing a Nigerian woman to work as their nanny for two years without pay and has been ordered to pay her more that $121,000 in restitution. They were additionally sentenced to seven months in jail, seven months of home confinement, and three years' probation.

The victim told authorities that the couple recruited her from her home country with an agreement that she'd be paid $100 a month to work for them. From September 2013 and October 2015, she was forced to work 19.5 hour days for the couple and their five children without pay or breaks. She was also subjected to physical and verbal abuse, strictly leftover food as her meals, and denied a bed and warm showers.

To prevent her leaving, she said her passport was taken and she was threatened.

A tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center led to the nanny's liberation in 2015, where her paperwork for obtaining a proper US work visa was found to contain fals…

California Protects Their Pot

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A California lawmaker is trying to protect the state's marijuana industry by barring law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal drug agencies on pot busts.

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, proposed that California would become a so-called sanctuary pot state. It was sparked when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a federal policy shift on enforcement of marijuana laws. Jones-Sawyer said that the Assembly Bill 1578 is to provide state agencies with protection to uphold state laws without federal interference.

It would prevent local and state law enforcement agencies from assisting federal authorities on marijuana activities that are legal under California law, without a court order. It would also bar state agencies from providing the federal government with information on licensed marijuana growers and retailers.

This is the second time this bill is going through the Legislature. The Assembly narrowly approved it, but it never made it to a vote in th…

Oklahoma Supreme Court Blocks New Drunk Driving Law

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has blocked the Impaired Driving Elimination Act. This law would create a new program for first time DUI offenders and gets rid of the appeal process for people trying to keep their licenses after being arrested for DUI. It was approved by the Legislature earlier this year, and was supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. However, there was a lawsuit filed in June by four attorneys who allege that the law is unconstitutional because it denies a person the right to due process. 

One of the authors of the bill, Representative Scott Biggs, wrote a statement about the lawsuit. He says that the attorneys were seeking to expose the public to harm by letting intoxicated drivers loose. so the attorneys could represent more clients when they get drunk and re-offend. He also mentions that the bill is supposed to address the DUI epidemic in Oklahoma. by creating a diversion program for low level, non-violent offenders. It requires intoxalizers on vehicles, treatment …

Porsche Driver Charged After Driving into a Crowd in Boise

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Back in September, eleven people were taken to the hospital after a man driving a Porsche drove into a crowd at the Cars and Coffee event. The victims had serious, but not critical injuries, and the driver was not hurt. Witnesses say that the driver was leaving the event, but seemed like he was trying to show off for the crowd. Then the driver lost control while he was going too fast.

The driver, Roy Drennon, was charged with one misdemeanor of reckless driving. He could face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

It took several months to bring charges against Drennon because they had to wait on toxicology results and crash reconstruction. Court records show that Drennon has at least eight driving related citations in Alaska, and seven of them involved speeding.

Right now, only one victim is pursuing civil charges against Drennon.

Comments from Allen:
Give it time.  11 will pursue civil charges against Mr. Drennon.

I am going to use this crime of Mr. Drennon to demo…

Vegas Shooting Lawsuit

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Paige Gasper, a 21 year old California college student, was among those who were injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting. She is filing the first lawsuit againt MGM Resorts which owns the hotel and casino where the gunman fatally shot 58 people and injured over 500 others at a music festival on October 1st.

Gasper was struck by a bullet that entered her right underarm and traveled through her breast tissue, shattered her ribs, and lacerated her liver before exiting her body. While being helped by her friends to escape, she was trampled by the crowd fleeing the concert. She was eventually rescued when someone helped her take cover behind a dumpster and then took her to the hospital in his truck.

The lawsuit, filed in a Nevada district court, accuses MGM Resorts of negligence by failing to maintain the hotel's premises in a "reasonably safe condition." The other defendants names in the lawsuit include Live Nation Entertainment(the company that hosted the music festival), t…

Gun Toting Santa Fired

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Disabled Army veteran, Calvin Congden, is suing Michigan for claims of firing him unconstitutionally because he posted a photograph of himself dressed as Santa with an assault rifle.

Congden served at Guantanamo Bay, and was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal during his tour of duty. After he was discharged, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.

Condgen explains that he was dressed up as Santa Claus for a charity event for foster chldren at a bowling alley. In December of 2015, he posted a photo on Facebook showing him standing in front of a Christmas tree dressed as Santa holding an assault rifle he legally owns with an American flag in the background.

After he posted the picture, he says his Health and Human Services Department manager warned other workers to "beware of him because he was a veteran, owned firearms, and 'looked crazy' in the picture." Congden says he complained to his state representative. Two weeks later he r…

California Fines Gatorade for Anti Water Campaign

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It was announced in a recent settlement that Gatorade made misleading "anti-water statements" while promoting its sports drinks in a video game played by teenagers. In doing this, Gatorade violated state consumer-protection laws by negatively portraying water in a mobile app that was downloaded by over 2 million users. In the free mobile app, the likeness of the Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, encourages users to keep their performance level high by avoiding water and using Gatorade to fill their fuel meter.

The settlement was a $300,000 fine and Gatorade is banned from negatively depicting water in any type of advertising. The video game is now no longer available. A portion of the fine will go towards research on water consumption and nutritional health. Gatorade is also prohibited from advertising in media where children under 12 comprise over 35 percent of the audience.

Comments from Allen:  I have a problem here.  Let me begin with the origin of Gatorade. 
Researchers at …